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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Marilynne Robinson takes down Richard Dawkins

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the Pulitzer winning book, Gilead, which is the best novel I've read in the last ten years or so -- a profound exploration of religious faith, forgiveness, hope, and relationships. If you've not read it, it is out in paperback and you should make time over the holidays for it.

Robinson is a Christian and has written a review of Richard Dawkins book which is a must read. It is a lovely evisceration of Dawkins reading of science, of history, and of religion. This is no blunt instrument review, but rather the review of surgical precision where Robinson glides her scalpel across all of Dawkin's ideas until there is nothing left. By the end Dawkins looks more like a shallow fool than an Oxford Don. Robinson writes extraordinary prose and it is a beautiful thing to see it unleashed on the small ideas of Richard Dawkins.